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Truth Seekers: Presenting Facts and Raising Discourse

In the "Truth Seekers" series, Flipboard aims to highlight thoughtful, objective voices to provide insights on the divisive issues of the day. In a world where everything seems to be politicized, there are still experts whose primary motivation is to seek the truth. We asked several of them to curate the must-read articles for Americans who truly want to understand topics such as COVID-19, the economy and climate. Just the facts, no opinions.

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    Can we find common ground? Curated by Jordan Blashek and Chris Haugh

    Can we find common ground? Curated by Jordan Blashek and Chris Haugh

    By Truth Seekers

    Finding political common ground is difficult and uncomfortable at times. But talking across the aisle is also extremely rewarding. How do you go about it without turning blue in the face? The two of us found that identifying shared values, acknowledging the good in another person’s argument, and, well, talking about topics other than politics can all help the process. Here are a few stories that get to the heart of this difficult but powerful project—getting along.

    The facts on COVID-19 and the road ahead: Curated by Helen Branswell

    The facts on COVID-19 and the road ahead: Curated by Helen Branswell

    In less than a year, the new coronavirus that caused this dangerous disease has triggered massive economic dislocation, restructured work and introduced face masks and social distancing to a world often reluctant to embrace them. The unpredictable nature of the disease and the economic fallout from trying to contain its spread have led to a deeply polarized debate about the seriousness of the threat. The coming months will bring surges in cases, and likely new treatments and vaccines.

    The COVID-19 access to information crisis: Curated by Dr. Joshua Gans

    The COVID-19 access to information crisis: Curated by Dr. Joshua Gans

    If we had information quickly on who is infectious and who is not, we could isolate the former and let the latter go about their business. In the absence of better information, we need to rely on broad — one size fits all — measures like social distancing and mask wearing to control the virus. In other words, we treat everyone as equally infectious. These articles explore the need for rapid testing and contact tracing and how to end the information problem that is fueling the pandemic.

    Criminal justice and policing in the U.S.: Curated by Howard Henderson

    Criminal justice and policing in the U.S.: Curated by Howard Henderson

    Absent from the police reform movement is an understanding of the historical context and research from those who share a lived experience with systematically marginalized groups. Recent evidence demonstrates that police practices are further exacerbating inequalities for under-represented and disadvantaged groups in the criminal justice system. This collection of research serves to foster equity, diversity, inclusivity, transparency, and accountability.

    We need truth now more than ever: Curated by Michael Patrick Lynch

    We need truth now more than ever: Curated by Michael Patrick Lynch

    The toxic polarization poisoning our democracy has roots in both ideology and psychology. To get past it, we need to realize that the Internet won’t save us, that fear can be manipulated and political arrogance is a sign of insecurity not confidence. And we need to remember not to confuse our ego with reality, and that truth, now more than ever, matters.

    The risk of losing trust in the media: Curated by Alan Miller

    The risk of losing trust in the media: Curated by Alan Miller

    Good journalism has never been more important to American democracy. During a time when the media is regularly called “the enemy of the people,” trust in media is low, and misinformation is rampant, it’s critical that standards-based reporters and news outlets hold the powerful to account and provide the facts for the American people. See here a collection of articles by me and others about the essential role of a free press in society today. — Alan Miller, the News Literacy Project

    Climate realities: Curated by Marshall Shepherd

    Climate realities: Curated by Marshall Shepherd

    As the global community fights the coronavirus pandemic, one of the biggest crises facing humanity is lurking and impacting every aspect of our lives. Climate change is not just about polar bears and the year 2100. It is about public health, agricultural productivity, racial justice, infrastructure resilience, and the economy. The hyperactive 2020 hurricane season, raging fires in the western U.S., and the dramatic changes to sea level are reminders that the climate crisis is real.

    State of our economy: Curated by Andrew Ross Sorkin

    State of our economy: Curated by Andrew Ross Sorkin

    I've selected this collection of stories because, together, they provide a window into our economy today and provide historical context for this moment. Perhaps they will also inspire some ideas about how we move forward — how to create more jobs and limit inequality. Economics is not a hard science; it is more of an art. If there is one lesson, it is that debt can help grow an economy in good times and collapse an economy if used to an extreme.

    Why we need the media: Curated by Margaret Sullivan

    Why we need the media: Curated by Margaret Sullivan

    These stories all illustrate one of the most important purposes of journalism: Holding powerful people and institutions (including government) accountable. As I wrote in my recently published book, "Ghosting the News: Local Journalism and the Crisis of American Democracy," when news sources wither, bad things are more likely to happen. These articles are all celebrated examples of journalism doing its "watchdog" job with skill and dedication.

    No spin, just facts on COVID-19: Curated by USAFacts.org

    No spin, just facts on COVID-19: Curated by USAFacts.org

    As coronavirus cases continue to grow in America, it’s crucial to cut through misinformation with facts and accurate data. USAFacts provides COVID-19 data pulled exclusively from government sources and presents it for all Americans without spin or bias. Dive into the stats and data on all things COVID-19 and explore metrics including daily case counts by county, health risk factors, and more.

    Getting back to dialogue: Curated by Dan Vallone

    Getting back to dialogue: Curated by Dan Vallone

    Constructive dialogue is an act of creation. The goal is to seek out shared values, beliefs, or identities that can form a new space, one where there is a shared sense of belonging. Constructive dialogue reduces conflict, builds community, and is essential for a functioning democracy where people of different backgrounds and beliefs have equal voice and opportunity. The suggested pieces mix skill-building with inspiration to provide courage and confidence for engaging in constructive dialogue.

    About the project: Truth Seekers

    About the project: Truth Seekers

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    We are living in extremely partisan times, when America’s political parties seem to have no desire to compromise or civilly discuss different points of view. In this environment, even agreeing on the “truth,” or a standard set of facts in which we all believe, can be difficult. Many observers feel …

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